Wednesday, 20 March 2024 15:48

Disaster Recovery Plan and the Importance of Testing

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Most of us use the internet on a day-to-day basis. Some use it to shop, interact on social media, research for school papers, or watch videos. If you own a website that caters to customers, you must ensure people can always access it without problem. But this is the internet, and it’s not always easy to fend off hackers and digital attackers. If you fall victim to such attacks, sometimes the only option is to go offline.

As a business, downtimes will cost you a lot. The IT industry estimates that an average IT downtime cost is $5,600 per minute. Depending on your company’s size, the lost revenue can exceed $400,000 per hour. No matter what industry you belong to, downtime can be expensive. Thus, it is essential to have a plan for data restorations and backup. Your business continuity plan should always include a disaster recovery plan.

What Is a Disaster Recovery (DR) Plan?

A disaster recovery plan is a document developed to include exhaustive guidelines on responding to unforeseen incidents that can disrupt the business operation. This plan is meant to prepare for situations such as power outages, cyberattacks, and other disruptive incidents that could affect the business. Your disaster recovery plan should include guidelines on approaching and curbing the effects of various situations.

When creating a disaster recovery plan, you can start by compiling an inventory of your hardware, software applications, and data. You must have a strategy that ensures you have a backup of all the critical information. The plan should also identify the software applications, data, and hardware required to run the applications. Have multiple copies of the program and prioritize hardware and software restoration, if possible.

An ideal disaster recovery plan carefully outlines solutions that include business assets, human resources, infrastructure, processes, and business partners. Lastly, you must test your disaster recovery plan periodically. A well-thought-out disaster recovery plan will be useless if it fails to work during the crisis because you didn’t test it beforehand.

Importance of Testing Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Testing your disaster recovery plan will let you understand whether there’s anything that needs to be improved. Finding that problem as soon as possible will also help you find a solution quickly before further deterioration. Disaster recovery testing is critical because it allows you to cope with any incident that may cause another problem while you try to recover from the downtime. After all, prolonged downtime will cost you more money.

If you are a managed service provider, disaster recovery testing is essential as it also boosts your capability to respond to breaches, whether the issue is human-made or caused by a natural disaster. In short, DR testing helps validate that your disaster recovery program is effective.

Avoid Long Downtime

When your disaster recovery program fails because you didn’t test it, you will be facing unexpected long hours of restoration. As a result, your website’s downtime is prolonged. As you know, too much delay in resolving that downtime can cost your business money – sometimes to the millions.

Be Compliant

Nowadays, a disaster recovery plan is a requirement. Sectors like the government, healthcare, and finance must follow strict guidelines that demand a company have a disaster recovery plan where uptime needs to be specified. If you’re in any of these sectors, you must ensure your business is compliant to avoid penalties and legal fees.

Save Your Reputation

Whether you’re working with a third party or working on your disaster recovery plan, you should be able to resolve downtime issues as soon as possible. A website that’s constantly down and susceptible to attacks will lose the trust of users and customers. People will think it is unsafe to do business with you, especially since it’s an online transaction with fewer safeguards than when shopping at the physical store.

Test Your Disaster Recovery Plan Regularly

Disaster recovery plan testing should not only happen after you’ve created the plan or when you feel like it. It’s a critical part of your business continuity, so you must evaluate, examine, and reorganize it at least once a year – more frequently and regularly, if possible.

Every time you change something in your disaster recovery plan, test the entire program to ensure its integrity. Regular testing is the best way to ensure that your IT recovery team can restore operations immediately, regardless of the size of the catastrophe. You can also outsource the testing to third-party companies if you don’t have the time and resources.

ost of us use the internet on a day-to-day basis. Some use it to shop, interact on social media, research for school papers, or watch videos. If you own a website that caters to customers, you must ensure people can always access it without problem. But this is the internet, and it’s not always easy to fend off hackers and digital attackers. If you fall victim to such attacks, sometimes the only option is to go offline.

As a business, downtimes will cost you a lot. The IT industry estimates that an average IT downtime cost is $5,600 per minute. Depending on your company’s size, the lost revenue can exceed $400,000 per hour. No matter what industry you belong to, downtime can be expensive. Thus, it is essential to have a plan for data restorations and backup. Your business continuity plan should always include a disaster recovery plan.

What Is a Disaster Recovery (DR) Plan?

A disaster recovery plan is a document developed to include exhaustive guidelines on responding to unforeseen incidents that can disrupt the business operation. This plan is meant to prepare for situations such as power outages, cyberattacks, and other disruptive incidents that could affect the business. Your disaster recovery plan should include guidelines on approaching and curbing the effects of various situations.

When creating a disaster recovery plan, you can start by compiling an inventory of your hardware, software applications, and data. You must have a strategy that ensures you have a backup of all the critical information. The plan should also identify the software applications, data, and hardware required to run the applications. Have multiple copies of the program and prioritize hardware and software restoration, if possible.

An ideal disaster recovery plan carefully outlines solutions that include business assets, human resources, infrastructure, processes, and business partners. Lastly, you must test your disaster recovery plan periodically. A well-thought-out disaster recovery plan will be useless if it fails to work during the crisis because you didn’t test it beforehand.

Importance of Testing Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Testing your disaster recovery plan will let you understand whether there’s anything that needs to be improved. Finding that problem as soon as possible will also help you find a solution quickly before further deterioration. Disaster recovery testing is critical because it allows you to cope with any incident that may cause another problem while you try to recover from the downtime. After all, prolonged downtime will cost you more money.

If you are a managed service provider, disaster recovery testing is essential as it also boosts your capability to respond to breaches, whether the issue is human-made or caused by a natural disaster. In short, DR testing helps validate that your disaster recovery program is effective.

Avoid Long Downtime

When your disaster recovery program fails because you didn’t test it, you will be facing unexpected long hours of restoration. As a result, your website’s downtime is prolonged. As you know, too much delay in resolving that downtime can cost your business money – sometimes to the millions.

Be Compliant

Nowadays, a disaster recovery plan is a requirement. Sectors like the government, healthcare, and finance must follow strict guidelines that demand a company have a disaster recovery plan where uptime needs to be specified. If you’re in any of these sectors, you must ensure your business is compliant to avoid penalties and legal fees.

Save Your Reputation

Whether you’re working with a third party or working on your disaster recovery plan, you should be able to resolve downtime issues as soon as possible. A website that’s constantly down and susceptible to attacks will lose the trust of users and customers. People will think it is unsafe to do business with you, especially since it’s an online transaction with fewer safeguards than when shopping at the physical store.

Test Your Disaster Recovery Plan Regularly

Disaster recovery plan testing should not only happen after you’ve created the plan or when you feel like it. It’s a critical part of your business continuity, so you must evaluate, examine, and reorganize it at least once a year – more frequently and regularly, if possible.

Every time you change something in your disaster recovery plan, test the entire program to ensure its integrity. Regular testing is the best way to ensure that your IT recovery team can restore operations immediately, regardless of the size of the catastrophe. You can also outsource the testing to third-party companies if you don’t have the time and resources.

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